Proposition 65

A judge in California is going to determine whether or not coffee causes cancer.

Think about that. We live in a society where judges and lawyers -- not medical doctors, scientists, or even a group of really clever AP biology high school students -- get to determine the credibility of biomedical research. The stakes are high: If coffee is deemed carcinogenic, then the State of California will be required to give up all pretense at common sense and sanity.

To give just a small flavor of the level of insanity California has reached, attorney Raphael Metzger and his group's trial lawyer NGO Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT - founded by U.C. Berkeley Professor Martyn...

NYTimes discusses the shady industry of herbal supplements, Caliofrnia's Prop. 65 targets e-cigs for their nicotine, and more support for BPA comes from the European Food Safety Authority

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 1.07.00 PMActivists are attacking Starbucks because its coffee like everyone else s coffee contains acrylamide. This is not because the company actually adds the chemical to its coffee, nor does anyone else it is formed naturally when the beans are roasted. It is also formed naturally in carbohydrate-rich foods such as breads, other baked goods, and French fries, when they are cooked at high temperatures. The group suing Starbuck s is...

138829_6871Diisononyl Phthalate (DINP) was added to California's ever-growing Proposition 65 list of known carcinogens late last year. However, Elissa Sterry, VP for ExxonMobil s Intermediates Global Business, told the Consumer Products Safety Commission that the rodent studies upon which this decision was based were essentially meaningless. She says, the relevant mechanisms of cancer development are not the same in rodents and humans and, indeed, that the firm has data from primate studies that suggest lack of a cancer link.

She goes on to point out that the CPSC s Federal Hazardous Substances Act...

Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 1.26.56 PMPhthalates, a group of ubiquitous chemicals that are perennial darlings of the anti-chemical movement, have been accused of being responsible for just about everything from birth defects to the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. Well, now they may be going onto California s chemical wastebasket called Proposition 65, ostensibly a list of chemicals that cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.

The list itself is mostly a joke, as pointed out by ACSH s Dr. Josh Bloom in his 2012 op-ed called...

A weekend retail therapy session turned into an ACSH topic when Director of Video Production Ana Simovska came across a California-made wallet with a Proposition 65 warning. Dr. Josh Bloom debunks the junk in the above video.

135524151In the culmination of a five-week trial, California s Judge Brick ruled that health warnings would not be necessary on various fruit and vegetable products, 100% juices and baby foods, from companies including Del Monte, Dole, Gerber, Hain-Ãelestial, J.M. Smucker, Seneca Foods and Welch s. The demand for such...

Burning fireplace or wood stove fuels such as natural firewood results in emission of carbon monoxide, soot, and other combustion by-products which are known by the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or reproductive harm.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Proposition 65, passed into law by the voters of California in 1986, was created with the intent of improving public health through reductions in the...